Welcome to the Cityparents Experience Bank

How was your experience of taking parental leave from work? Are you curious to know how other City professionals have managed their time away from the office and their subsequent return? Are you about to take leave and want to hear the experiences of others?

To find out, explore our new Experience Bank, an online space for our members to share anonymous experiences of parental leave, including maternity, paternity, shared parental, adoption, surrogacy and compassionate leave, and career breaks.

You can search Experiences by various criteria including type of leave, length, work pattern on return, and the type of experience.

If you'd like to submit your Experience, please do so here.

Please view our Experience Bank Disclaimer here

Leave Type Profession Type of experience Subject Replies Views
Maternity Investment Banking Negative Dealing with dinosaurs 4 1863
Maternity Professional Services Positive Wonderful time away but glad to be back! 0 984
Maternity Law Negative Maternity leave & flexible working 0 1276
Maternity Asset Management Positive A promotion just before I left gave me a huge boost 0 1114
Career Break Consultancy Positive Return to previous employer after extended career break 0 1210
Maternity Law Mixed Unconscious bias has an impact 0 1620
Maternity Other Mixed Applying for a promotion while on maternity leave 0 1733
Shared Parental Other Mixed Different highs and lows to those I expected 0 1203
Maternity Law Mixed no mat leave! 0 1637
Maternity Law Mixed Some ideas to help other returnees 1 1495
Shared Parental Law Mixed Mixed, but mainly positive! 0 1357
Maternity Investment Banking Negative Faced redundancy upon return 1 1634
Career Break Information Technology Negative Feeling stuck 0 1115
Maternity Real Estate Negative Confidence lost 0 1220
Paternity Investment Banking Positive Dad returning to work after a short break 0 1138
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